– Unless otherwise stated! Be sure to check events for alternate venues.
– Can’t find us? Ask the Black Bull staff where the slam is! They’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!
3rd Thursday of every month. Sign-up is @ 8pm with Open Mic and then Slam to follow
For smoking hot poetry!
A cover charge $5 (Only $5???) goes towards paying for the feature performer and prize money for the winner of the slam.
As always we’ll have an Open Mic for any and all types of performance; bring your guitar, your songs, your stand-up, your rants and ragtime show tunes – it’s all about getting it out there! Or you can always sign up for the slam, see if you have what it takes to reign supreme, and take home the cash prize.
Thursday, April 16th
Burlington Slam Project FINALS! feat. Holly Painter
It’s FINALly here! The moment where everything comes together and smooshes and smashes and splits and splorts all together into a bit mess of poetry and emotional goo!
This is gonna be the slam where we decide Burlington’s 6th poetry team! And the competition this year is FIERCE!
We have some special rules for finals! It will be a THREE ROUND SLAM! There -will- be eliminations each round! Numbers for eliminations will be posted as soon as all slammers have confirmed or declined their positions in finals!
Also – it’s time to mention our handicaps system! Every year, poets earn points by slamming at BSP. They earn extra points by placing within the top 5. 5 points for 1st, 4 for 2nd, etc… These points DO have a purpose, in that they help us determine our handicap scale for each year. Check your standings, and find which number corresponds to you. These handicaps will be applied ONLY to the first round of scoring. The night’s scores will be cumulative as usual. This system is meant to support both regular attendance and excellence in our competition. Those who come out more often and place well have a better chance at making the team, and less of a chance of being knocked out by some of the arbitrary happenstance that we see in slam from time to time. (I’m lookin’ at you, score-creep!)
This year, the scale will be as follows:
0-5 points = -2.0
6-10 points = -1.5
11-15 points = -1.0
16-20 points = -0.5
21+ points = 0
All clear? Great!
So far, the list of confirmed slammers are:
Dan Murray – 21pts – No handicap
Bassam – 17pts – 0.5 handicap
Tomy Bewick – 14pts – 1 handicap
Sebastian – 13pts – 1 handicap
Crowe – 13pts – 1 handicap
Mind The Gap – 9pts – 1.5 handicap
Korey – 9pts – 1.5 handicap
Aly – 6pts – 1.5 handicap
A-Rock – 6pts – 1.5 handicap
Sean – 3pts – 2 handicap
Melyssa – 2pts – 2 handicap
Jaded – 2pts – 2 handicap
Everyone is confirmed!
Now…is that enough information?
OF COURSE NOT!
We’ve got a stellar feature for our finals night as well! All the way from jolly old London (Ontario), we’ve got slamsation HOLLY PAINTER!
A spoken word artist, public speaker, and certified teacher, Holly Painter is passionate about sharing her stories, inspiring youth, and advocating for important causes through poetry.
Holly has spoken to over ten thousand students at school and community events across Ontario, has performed at four national spoken word festivals, and is a three-time Grand Slam Champion and Director of the London Poetry Slam.
Bring a fiver and a friend! Come help us keep score, keep time, judge, we need audience and all sorts of volunteers! Tell EVERYONE! If there’s ONE slam you come to this year, MAKE IT THIS ONE!
Hope to see y’all out!